On February 22, a DU panel of experts will debate the frontrunners and their chances. Money counts in politics, and Republican Dick Wadhams and Democrat Steve Welchert will analyze the race with Tom Tancredo out, a still full field of candidates and $13 million already raised. They will be joined by lobbyists Melanie Layton and Zoey DeWolf and former Denver Post editorial editor, Vincent Carroll.
The panel will be moderated by Floyd Ciruli, director of the Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. The panel begins at 4:00 pm, Thursday, February 22. The panelists:
- Dick Wadhams – Republican political campaign manager and senior staff with elected officials from Senator Bill Armstrong to Governor Bill Owens, including a stint as State Republican Chair
- Steve Welchert – Democratic consultant for candidates, such as Mayor Federico Peña and Congressman Ed Perlmutter. He has worked on numerous ballot issue campaigns.
- Melanie Layton and Zoey DeWolf – Leading lobbyists with the firm Colorado Legislative Services
- Vincent Carroll – Former political editorial director of the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post
Colorado Politics in 2018: Transition in the Age of Polarization
4-6 pm, Thursday, February 22, 2018
Reception: 6-7 pm
Korbel School at DU
Ground Floor, Room Sie 1150*
Ben Cherrington Hall (old building)
2201 S. Gaylord St., Denver, CO
*please note room change
RSVP to: Jane Bucher-McCoy at email@example.com or 303.871.2882
Panel is cosponsored by Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research and Institute for Public Policy Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.